Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Seconds and Academy shine

Having said to the media that he wanted Derbyshire's players to force him to pick them through performances, one can only assume that Graeme Welch has been suitably coerced by Paul Borrington and Scott Elstone today, who added 280 for the second wicket at the County Ground against Worcestershire.

Borrington's 121 was a second ton in successive days and indicative of a man in prime form, while Elstone, a wonderfully fluent batsman when he gets in, scored an unbeaten 212 as the side piled up an impressive 422-2 by the close, with Alex Hughes contributing an unbeaten 46.

Incidentally, for those who are espousing a recall for Jonathan Clare, you may not have noticed that he didn't bowl in yesterday's one-day game against the same opponents, suggesting that all is not as it should be in that well-built but sometimes fragile body.

Meanwhile, young pace prospect Will Davis took five wickets as the Academy bowled out their Northamptonshire counterparts for 200 today. It would appear that after a few fallow years, our production line of seam bowlers is somewhat akin to wait a while, then several come along at once.

There were two wickets for Hamaiz Mahmood from Moddershall Cricket Club in Staffordshire, and one also for George Sellers, who showed, after his century on Sunday, that he has more strings to his bow.

The latter was dismissed before the close for 24, but with Wood unbeaten on 70 and Lawley on 36 not out, the youngsters will be delighted to end the day on 143-1.

It is all grand to see and makes good reading after a disappointing day for the senior side.

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